Led by medal-winning performances by Christian Noble and Aaron Rush, the Mt. Vernon boys cross country team took second in the 23-team Manchester Invitational Saturday.
Noble took eighth and Rush was ninth for the Marauders, who also received strong races from Brandt True (14th), Andrew Boyle (47th) and Andrew Thaxton (61st).
“The boys drew on inspiration from the JV race where ‘Bob’ or Brendan O’Bryhim raced wire-to-wire before finishing second to a strong Ft. Wayne Carroll team,” MV coach Bruce Kendall said.
The Mt. Vernon girls were 10th, netting top-20 finishes from Kaylee Walkey (18th) and Morgan Hayse (19th).
Samantha Sanders was 40th, Leah Chaves was 55th and Samantha Gawrys took 69th.
“Hayse and Walkey proved they could compete in a large field and not get lost in the mayhem of so many runners,” Kendall noted. “This was a great match for us against many of our semistate opponents, and this tandem is giving us a very good 1-2 punch.”
Eagleson breaks 16 minutes at Marion
New Palestine’s Seth Eagleson became the third runner in school history to crack the 16-minute barrier when he clocked in at 15:58 to place seventh at the Marion Invitational Saturday.
Eagleson was 37 seconds behind race winner Ellis Coon of Warsaw.
The rest of the scoring Dragons added personal-bests: Sam Voelz (23rd), Dominic Basciano (67th), Riley Wilson (69th) and Chase Tuggle (83rd).
“It was a great day for the Dragons, to see them all go out and compete, take the race for what it is, get in the flow, and for our top five to be rewarded with new personal records is really special. I was really proud of them all doing it together as a team,” NP coach Daniel Weimer said.
On the girls side, seventh-place New Palestine was guided by Sarah Schwartz’s ninth-place finish (19:42).
Bailey Wallace was 30th (20:49), Marissa Crosby 36th (21:05), Kayla Medaris 70th and Caroline Voelz 76th.
“It was great to see Sarah Schwartz go out to the front and run aggressively throughout the race, and she was rewarded with a season best and top 10 finish,” Weimer said. “She had an outstanding day. Overall, the girls did a great job of putting it on the line in a very competitive race.”
EH girls 10th at Marion
Kiersten Schrope took 33rd as the Royals competed in the Gold Division at the Marion Invite Saturday.
Hope Spaulding (37th), Cara Johnson (48th), Emily Schrope (56th) and Emiley Carlton (57th) rounded out the scoring.
The EH boys raced with four runners Saturday, and Parker West (49th) was the top finisher, crossing the finish line in 18:56. Nathan Kell was 67th and Mitchell Scott was 80th.
G-C boys seventh at Martinsville
The Cougars were led by Zach Bishop’s 22nd-place finish Saturday.
Bishop was followed by Syrus Fletcher (26th, 16:58.6), Tyler Morris (34th, 17:07.5), Taylor Wright (49th, 17:26.1) and Jason LaFord (60th, 17:42.1).
Bishop, Fletcher and Morris set personal-bests.
The G-C girls were 11th, with Rebecca Flora (35th, 21:41.50) and Kenzi McTernon (53rd, 22:37.90) leading the way.
Columbus North won both meets.